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Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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What HomeBuyers Survey should I choose for my planned home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Pimlico

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are buying a property made of conventional materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Pimlico

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Pimlico) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this option when buying a non standard , for example mundic homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Pimlico

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Pimlico and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Pimlico property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Pimlico property's general condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Pimlico Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When I visited a property I am planning to move into, the agent said that there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, does a Pimlico Homebuyer Report go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

During a Pimlico Building Survey the surveyor should usually report on the electrical system if it is clear that the electrics are in a poor state of repair. This will include a by sight look-over of the unconcealed sections of the wiring, fusebox etc. and other concerns such as verifying the state of any fitted electrical appliances, for example storage radiators. Inspecting any documentation from the most recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the property being surveyed should usually form part of the survey. Inspecting the evidence of the most recent PIR handled by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the Homebuyer report in Pimlico .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The agent suggested subsidence has been a problem. What subsidence information does the Pimlico HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. Fortunately, subsidence can be fixed without a great deal of stress.

Cracks that appear suddenly may be a strong indication of subsidence. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our home surveyor search for signs of flooding, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Pimlico and nationwide, is a serious concern for owners, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via seepage through walls.

The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a property lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

In the region of Pimlico, the River Thames including areas in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, the City of London, the City of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea status on 5 Dec 2008 was 'No warnings' (source: Environment Agency).

*Correct as of 04/01/13

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Pimlico and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Pimlico property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Pimlico property's general condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Pimlico Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When I visited a property I am planning to move into, the agent said that there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, does a Pimlico Homebuyer Report go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

During a Pimlico Building Survey the surveyor should usually report on the electrical system if it is clear that the electrics are in a poor state of repair. This will include a by sight look-over of the unconcealed sections of the wiring, fusebox etc. and other concerns such as verifying the state of any fitted electrical appliances, for example storage radiators. Inspecting any documentation from the most recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the property being surveyed should usually form part of the survey. Inspecting the evidence of the most recent PIR handled by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the Homebuyer report in Pimlico .



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The agent suggested subsidence has been a problem. What subsidence information does the Pimlico HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. Fortunately, subsidence can be fixed without a great deal of stress.

Cracks that appear suddenly may be a strong indication of subsidence. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our home surveyor search for signs of flooding, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Pimlico and nationwide, is a serious concern for owners, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via seepage through walls.

The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a property lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

In the region of Pimlico, the River Thames including areas in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, the City of London, the City of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea status on 5 Dec 2008 was 'No warnings' (source: Environment Agency).

*Correct as of 04/01/13

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